About Lauren

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Well hey there!

Thanks for popping in! I suppose you’re reading this “About Me” section so you can learn more about me, huh? Well, I grew up in Canada, and have lived in some pretty crazy places. I moved around a bit over the years and have lived in towns where polar bears stop by to visit and roam the town, and where the two seasons are winter and July. I have lived in a town where autumn comes along and brings the most spectacular colour changes on the trees, then, when October arrives, the town gathers to watch people climb inside massive pumpkins and row them across a lake.  I then moved from Eastern Canada all the way out to the other coast. The winters there were mild, the mountains beautiful, and the air fresh.

Proud to be Canadian
We moved out West in time for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics!
Showing my Canadian Spirit

As hard as it was to pack up and move as a child, saying goodbye to friends and having to start over, I always knew that what lie ahead was a new adventure, full of surprises. Life is an adventure, and if you open your eyes to opportunities and open your mind to new experiences, you will be in for a magnificent time.

Before I graduated high school, I knew I wanted to travel. After having been right across my own country, I was thirsty for more. Canada is amazing, and I do love my country, but I knew that there was so much more of the world to see. So much to learn. With that, I planned my travels.

As soon as my eighteenth birthday rolled around, I sent off my application for a Working Holiday Visa to New Zealand, bought a plane ticket, packed my bags, and left the country six weeks later. It was hard to leave my family, leave behind everything I knew, to head off into that big wide world on my own, but it had to be done.

Backpacker
Ready to pack up my backpack with whatever I could fit, and head off!

Weeks turn into months, and it was not long before my first year of travel was complete. The year may have been over, but my travels were not. I spent over two years living and working in Australia, mostly in The Outback, where I even had my blog post “How Australia Broke My Heart” published in the book “Central Station”. It was an incredible experience but unfortunately nothing lasts forever.

Africa was my next destination, travelling from South Africa, north, to Kenya before flying next to the UK where I was able to couchsurf from place to place, visiting friends I had made in my previous travels. My final goal is to see all seven continents, in seven years and I don’t see why this would be unobtainable.

Each new day is a learning experience and I look forward to waking up each morning with a fresh mind that is open and ready to absorb all the new information and experiences possible of the country I am in.

I keep this blog here updated with news about my trip; where I am, what I’m doing, and experiences I have had. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures, and I hope this will encourage you to go out and see the world! It’s a big place.

This is my adventure.

-Lauren

“Man cannot discover new oceans if he does not have the courage to lose sight of the shore”.

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16 thoughts on “About Lauren

  • Look out New Zealand, here comes Lauren! I am so envious! Glad we can keep track of you this way though. Love the title of your blog! xo

    • Thanks Annie!

      I thought this may be a good way for everyone to keep tabs on me. Also helps prevent me from telling the same stories a million times!! I’m really excited, but I am going to miss everyone so much!

  • Your dad and I are so excited for you (and a little jealous). You are going to have an amazing year and adventure. Love you so much! xoxox

  • NANA
    Sept 20,2011
    we are amazed that you are taking such a journey on your own .. we havn’t had a yen for far away places so we will enjoy following your adventures. Holding you in our hearts until your return. Love you xoxo

  • This is soooo exciting… happy your dream is coming true…wishing you a year full of fun & awesome adventures…Take care & play safe…Love from the Harvey’s..xoxox

  • My heart is pounding just reading about your plans. You are amazing and the New Zealanders will love you and your sparkling eyes and smile. Will look forward to your updates and you will be in our thoughts and prayers for a safe journey during the next year. Have fun and “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.

  • Enjoyed reading you blog about the SWAP program! Great to hear the experience someone else is going though. :) Look forward to continuing the reading.

    • Oh thank you!
      Once I’m landed in Auckland my posts will become much more interesting and action packed! Stay tuned! :)

    • Thanks for reading!
      I hope some of what I have written will help you [mentally] prepare for your trip!!
      Good luck with your trip planning! :)

  • Enjoy the adventure:) Sounds like fun and we will look forward to reading the blog. Be safe..thinking of you and your parents..lol

  • I Just happened upon your blog and I love it! I just turned 18 in January and am leaving for a year New Zealand September 10th! I’m super excited and nervous about the whole thing. Reading your blog has totally pumped me up for my own adventures in the land of the long white cloud.

    • Molly, I am so glad to hear of your plans to travel to New Zealand. It is an incredible country and I would go back in a heartbeat! Nerves are totally normal, I was certainly a bit nervous too! I’m glad my writing have gotten you more excited for your travels! You will have an amazing time, I have yet to meet a person who has not loved their Kiwi experience!

      If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I will do my best to help you with what I can!

      -Lauren

      livingitloud.live.com

  • NOTE FROM YOUR FACEBOOK — Another trophy kill posted online, Really? I presume thats what it is because it looks pretty healthy from what I can see. Can I ask what did a completely defenceless animal ever do to deserve been killed purely for your satisfaction? Especially an exotic and soon to be endangered one. What is wrong with you!!!!!

    • Camels are a feral pest. They are an introduced species and are legal to hunt. The government culled thousands of camels off land in Australia, at least we use the meat from the ones we do kill. This camel was actually quite poor. We took the meat from the animal to eat, so it did not go to waste.

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